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Benchmark

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Once you've located Mill Creek Road start climbing. The entire climb is intermediate, long but not too steep. At roughly three miles from the village you'll have the option to either descend down to Chair 10 (a right) or continue up Mill Creek which is also known as Commando Run on the upper portions. Go up Mill Creek, don't descend to chair 10. The entire climb to the top of Benchmark is about 10 miles and 3,250 vertical. It is all double track, but very enjoyable up and down. From the top of Benchmark you'll have the option of descending Commando to Two Elk trail and either descending to I-70 about 2.5 miles (east) or descending to Minturn about 12 miles (west) either way is single track. Going to Minturn is infinitely more brutal and a better ride. Or, you can continue to the South and climb Bowman's shortcut back to the top of Shrine Pass road. This is an excellent ride and I rate it as advanced due to distance and vertical. It can be extreme if you go Two Elk (either way) or Bowman's.
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Latitude
39.53396805735479
Longitude
-106.22955322265625
Trail Directions
The beginning of the trail is essentially the start of the Vail Mtn access road aka "Mill Creek Road" starting at the Vista/Rasta Bahn Quad chairlift in Vail Village. Go up from there.
Trail Length
10 miles one way to top
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Vail
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
June 2, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: timod ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Benchmark is a name given to a rock formation at a high point above the China Bowl chair at Vail mountain.

Recommended Route:
We usually access the spot called Benchmark as the top of a fairly long climb which begins: (A) from Lion's Down to Fred's lunch at lower Vail Mountain. At Mid Vail we climb to Eagle's Nest where we encounter Grand Traverse. Grand Traverse takes us to Patrol Headquarters atop Vail Mountain. From there it is an easy singletrack to the top of the China Bowl chair. And then a short singletrack up to Benchmark. The reward is a great singletrack descent down Two Elk to Minturn. The bike path takes you back to Vail. (B) Start in Minturn and climb Game Creek to Eagle's Nest. From there access Grand Traverse and a simlar route as previously mentioned. Either way expect a fairly big day of riding.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There are getting to be a lot of riding options on Vail mountain these days.



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Review Date
September 29, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Heidi , from Flatland

Summary:
Okay, Net is not only an idiot, but he's also illiterate! Read his review: "Benchmark can the portal to a whole new kind or hyperspace."
What the hell are you trying to say, Net? Since you're from Trollville I have to assume you're a troll and you're speaking in your native tongue and what you're really saying is, "I'm a complete dork and only I like to rub bacon on myself for the sheepdogs to enjoy."
To those of you who are interested in riding this trail, come on out and enjoy yourselves. There's not a single local with a shotgun, with the possible exception of Net, but he's only ridden this trail once, so I wouldn't worry too much. But you might want to look out for the sheepdogs. But they're usually very friendly. I once saw one humping Net's leg, but he kind of likes that shit!
As for the locals not wanting you to crowd their turf, its pure bullshit. Ride responsibly and be friendly to us locals and you'll have a great time. By the way, Net, I'll be at the world's next year in Vail if you'd like to follow up your shotgun threat. I'll be racing for team Mountain Cycle in the semi-proDH category. Peace, bro! Flatlander Heidi.

Recommended Route:
Wherever Net is not riding!



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Review Date
February 3, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: jeff schnobrich , from vail colorado

Summary:
look out for the sheep dogs!!

Recommended Route:
bowmans



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Review Date
October 31, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Net , from Trollville

Summary:
Bubba is right. Benchmark can the portal to a whole new kind or hyperspace. Ride on...

Recommended Route:
Same as the initial description

Other recommended trails in the same area:
As few as possible We don't need flatland Heidi's crowding our turf. Stay away and watch out for the locals with shotguns.



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